Originally Posted by mark_thaddeus
I really wish you could fit 2 x 240mm rads on here, from the looks of it (because of the maximum 11" GPU - which is the standard length of GPUs) you can have a 240 up top and hopefully you guys allow an extra 120 rad to fit somewhere so you can have more cooling for CPU and GPU.
Thank goodness the handles are optional! They need to be redesigned to flow with the case, it seems to go against the design somehow.
EDIT: My Project MATX case is 20 liters and you can fit 2~3 240 rads on there plus use GPUs of 11.5 inches even with rad and fans up front. I'd still buy this though as long as you could at least fit more than 1 x 240 rad.
I assume you are referring to Jeff’s “Project mATX” case. It's a cool design and I wish him every success, but our design goals are different. Every case design involves compromises.
From the beginning, we had had more requests that I can count for a small case suitable for Air/AIO cooling. These cases are designed for that need (Heresy – I know!
) One thing we found at events like PDXLAN is that even among knowledgeable system builders, only about 10% use custom loops, especially in their LAN rigs. At the same time, they put a lot of effort and pride in their work, so they want to be able to show it off.
So our design goals for this project were:
- Keep the case compact – much more so that our previous designs.
- Allow for very clean cable management.
- Provide excellent cooling for air coolers (and AIO systems).
- Provide good access, so you can get hands in and work on it. A common complaint of many SFF cases is that they can be very difficult to work with. While we used “SFF” in this thread, it’s not something that will likely make its way into our marketing for these cases.
- Provide the ability to show off the interior of you build, take advantage of case lighting, sleeving, etc. In this respect, we incorporated one of the most popular optional features of the S3 – dual side windows.
- Provide a case that can get handled a lot without fear of damaging it or the components inside. To that effect, the drives are shock mounted and the MB & GPU are mounted horizontally to reduce stress when using heavy GPU’s. The exterior is a “hard shell” design made from heavy .090” (2.3mm) aluminum (the front and rear panels are made from .063” – 1.6mm).
- Come in a lower price point than our previous cases.
As always, no case can meet everyone’s needs or desires. We also wanted to change up our “look” a bit for this series. Our air-cooling friends have been patiently waiting for a long, long time for something like this. We’ll have to see if this format is what they’re looking for
It’s still a work in progress. I overstepped a bit earlier. They *could* be available early as next month. A final determination has not been made yet.
We’ll have more information as the project progresses.Edited by Case Labs - 3/17/16 at 9:12am